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Traveling Wilburys

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Reversing the usual process by which groups break up and give way to solo careers, the Traveling Wilburys are a group made up of solo stars. The group was organized by former Beatle George Harrison, former Electric Light Orchestra leader Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison, thus representing three generations of rock stars. In 1988, the five (who had known each other for years) came together to record a Harrison B-side single and ended up writing and recording an album on which they shared lead vocals. It turned out to be a way to transcend the high expectations made of any of them as individuals, and a delighted public sent the album to number three, with two singles, "Handle With Care" and "End of the Line" hitting the charts. Unfortunately, Orbison died of a heart attack only a few weeks after the album's release.

Two years later, the remaining quartet released a second album, inexplicably titled Vol. 3. Although it didn't match the success of the first Wilburys album, it was another million-selling hit. Throughout the '90s, there were rumors of another Traveling Wilburys record in the works, but no new albums from the group surfaced. Harrison and Lynne did re-team in 1995, when Lynne produced and reworked two John Lennon demos with the Beatles for their Anthology rarities collection.

The Traveling Wilburys albums drifted out of print in the late '90s, making the 2007 release of The Traveling Wilburys Collection -- a double-disc set containing both albums, plus a bonus DVD -- a noteworthy affair. It debuted at number one in the U.K. and nine in the U.S., eventually earning platinum and gold certifications in the respective countries. In 2016, the collection saw a re-release on Concord. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Total plays

496.9 million
Updated on 2024-07-21

Country

United States

Monthly listeners

2,164,936

Followers

1,219,679

Top Cities

  1. Australia
    60,128 listeners
  2. Australia
    47,063 listeners
  3. Australia
    47,988 listeners
  4. Australia
    28,193 listeners
  5. Canada
    28,409 listeners

Most popular tracks

Track Plays Duration Release date
End Of The Line
End Of The Line
201,611,165 3:30 1988-10-18
Handle With Care
Handle With Care
115,261,541 3:20 1988-10-18
Tweeter And The Monkey Man
Tweeter And The Monkey Man
26,659,664 5:28 1988-10-18
Last Night
Last Night
22,096,883 3:51 1988-10-18
Runaway
Runaway
19,395,285 2:31 2007-06-11
Not Alone Any More
Not Alone Any More
15,658,676 3:25 1988-10-18
Rattled
Rattled
12,451,187 2:59 1988-10-18
Heading For The Light
Heading For The Light
12,281,496 3:37 1988-10-18
Dirty World
Dirty World
9,975,743 3:30 1988-10-18
She's My Baby
She's My Baby
7,256,841 3:15 1990-10-29
Wilbury Twist
Wilbury Twist
6,239,536 2:58 1990-10-29
Margarita
Margarita
6,231,470 3:17 1988-10-18
Poor House
Poor House
6,206,994 3:17 1990-10-29
Congratulations
Congratulations
6,100,070 3:30 1988-10-18
Inside Out
Inside Out
6,098,866 3:36 1990-10-29
The Devil's Been Busy
The Devil's Been Busy
3,772,233 3:18 1990-10-29
You Took My Breath Away
You Took My Breath Away
3,437,579 3:19 1990-10-29
Cool Dry Place
Cool Dry Place
2,904,212 3:37 1990-10-29
If You Belonged To Me
If You Belonged To Me
2,281,393 3:14 1990-10-29
Where Were You Last Night?
Where Were You Last Night?
2,155,549 3:04 1990-10-29
New Blue Moon
New Blue Moon
2,092,610 3:20 1990-10-29
Maxine
Maxine
1,793,416 2:49 2007-06-11
7 Deadly Sins
7 Deadly Sins
1,781,340 3:18 1990-10-29
Nobody's Child
Nobody's Child
1,751,346 3:29 2007-06-11
Like A Ship
Like A Ship
1,425,044 3:31 2007-06-11

New releases

The Traveling Wilburys Collection
The Traveling Wilburys Collection
2007-06-11
[Concord Records]
The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 3
The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 3
1990-10-29
[Concord Records]
The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1
The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1
1988-10-18
[Concord Records]